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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 11, Stage 7: Épernay - Nancy 234.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:29 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 8:53 BST

Stage preview

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) raises his arms in triumph

Stage details

Distance: 234.5km

Category: Flat

Highest point: 398m

At 234.5 kilometres, this stage is the second longest of the race. It is almost entirely flat yet its finish means that it’s unlikely to favour the pure sprinters.

After a day of predominantly flat roads, the riders must tackle two fourth category climbs. Don’t be fooled by the number - the second of these hits a maximum gradient of 8 per cent - and it could be a chance for the likes of Cannondale to put the hurt on the more climbing opposed sprinters.

Peter Sagan shouldn’t have too much trouble with this type of finish, nor should Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans. If it does end up with a sprint finish, then it is likely to be a battle between these two. Europcar’s Bryan Coquard is one of the smaller fast men and could infiltrate the competition.

There will be little to interest the GC riders and their teams, with bigger fish to fry in the coming days, so it will be down to the sprint teams to take control on this day. With this in mind, we could see a puncheur take his opportunity on this rolling finish. Gerrans’ teammate Michael Albasini could also be a strong contender if he could make it into the break, as could IAM Cycling’s Sylvain Chavanel, who is bound to be very active early in the race.

Haimar Zubeldia says... "After a week, everybody will be looking to the mountain stages which start tomorrow, but it won't affect how we race - we go day by day. Today should see a standard break then the sprinter's teams controlling. It's long, which favours the sprinters."

Local History

In 1982, Phil Anderson became the first Australian winner of a Tour de France stage, in Nancy. He soloed to victory after 250 kilometres, to beat Henk Lubberding by four seconds. Anderson paved the way for Australians of the future. The previous year, he became the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey and wore it again in 1982, before winning the young rider’s classification. Can Gerrans make it another one for the southern hemisphere?

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 7

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 7